Disney’s Aladdin remake is reportedly moving forward on its sequel and writers John Gatins and Andrea Berloff have been hired to write the script.
In August, one of the Aladdin remake’s producers said that Disney was looking into a sequel. Now, Variety reported that these producers had spent the past six months trying to work out the sequel’s story and have supposedly settled on a new idea instead of simply adapting the original animated movie’s sequels.
The producers are also hoping that actors Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott will return, but there won’t be any deals made until a script is completed. It’s not known at this time if the first film’s director, Guy Ritchie, is being pursued.
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This would be the fourth of Disney’s recent live-action adaptations to receive a sequel. Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent have already received sequels in theaters, and Disney officially announced a Jungle Book sequel to be directed by Jon Favreau.
There have been previous reports of a Genie prequel movie way back in 2015 and, more recently, a spinoff of Aladdin was rumored to be in development that would focus on the Prince Anders character. This potential spinoff is supposedly planned for Disney+, whereas this sequel is reportedly getting the big-screen treatment.
In our review of Aladdin, we said the film is “about as safe an adaptation as we’ve seen Disney put out, which is a bit disappointing considering that most of what it adds to the story works pretty well.” The Disney studio has since announced a Bambi remake and a reboot of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids featuring the return of Rick Moranis.
IGN has reached out to Disney for comment.
Petey Oneto is a freelance writer who has no interest in Aladdin (2019) but this sequel could be interesting.
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